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Cameras

Of course, one of the most important aspect of today’s smartphones and that is the cameras. Samsung packed their latest and greatest camera technologies into the Galaxy S10+, and it has a total of 5 cameras here. Two at the front, and three at the back.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

Here are the specs of the cameras found on the Samsung Galaxy S10+:

  • Triple rear-facing cameras
    • Main: 12MP f/1.5-2.4, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
    • Telephoto with 2x optical zoom: 12MP f/2.4, AF, OIS
    • Ultrawide with 0.5x magnification: 16MP f/2.2, fixed focus
  • Dual selfie cameras
    • Main: 10MP f/1.9, Dual Pixel PDAF
    • Secondary: 8MP f/2.2 RGB depth sensor

Samsung Galaxy S10+

From what we can find out, the rear-facing main and telephoto cameras are exactly the same as the previous generation of Samsung Galaxy S9 series. In terms of megapixel count, Samsung could definitely do better. However, Samsung made a lot of software improvements.

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Rear-facing cameras

We have comparisons of all the 3 cameras in terms of its focal length. We will show you a few sets of images that goes in this order: ultrawide, main wide-angle camera, telephoto.

First set

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

Second set

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

Third set

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

Fourth set

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

Fifth set

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

You might realize the telephoto camera in this set looks rather pixelated. And you are right – it is. Samsung has implemented an algorithm where it automatically switches to 2x digital zoom on the main wide-angle camera. This switch happens without informing the user at all.

I also happen to find out what criteria triggers this switch. While using the telephoto camera and when the scene is dimly-lit or the subject is too close to the phone, it automatically switches from 2x optical zoom to 2x digital zoom. And the image looks hideous especially in low-light conditions.

Samsung should have a popup or any sort of sign to tell the user that the switch happened.


From here, we can see that the 5 sets of pictures show the differences in focal lengths – from ultrawide angle to the main wide-angle camera, and then to the 2x optical zoom camera. Of course, we are only highlighting the capabilities of the triple camera setup. Every focal length has its place. How the photo is framed according to the focal length is important.

Here we will show you different pictures of different scenarios with the different usage of the triple camera setup.

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Ultrawide angle camera.
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Main wide-angle camera.
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Telephoto camera.

As you can see, the ultrawide angle photo and the telephoto camera are taken in the same location – inside a car. However, the look, feel, and vibe that the picture gives is totally different.

Also, do you realize that the ultrawide angle camera does not have fisheye lens distortion? That is because Samsung offers an option to fix it by default.

Samsung is offering a total of 3 different cameras with 3 different focal lengths – and it is up to your creativity to utilize them depending on how you like it. Let’s not forget that the Galaxy S10+ is also IP68-certified. Have fun with a brand new perspective of taking pictures¬†under water.

Selfie cameras

I’m not much of a selfie fan, but the Samsung Galaxy S10+ has a total of 2 selfie cameras – one RGB depth sensor and another 10MP f/1.9 with autofocus. From what we know, Samsung’s Galaxy S and Note series are the only smartphones that have autofocusing selfie cameras.

The Galaxy S10+’s selfie camera is rather funny. It is actually an ultrawide angle camera by default, but zoomed in by default.

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Default “single person” selfie mode.
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The “wefie” mode.

The “wefie” mode is pretty wide in angle too. We managed to fit everyone inside at an arm’s reach.

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With the help of the depth sensor, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ has a total of 4 different fancy selfie modes available to choose from – blur, spin, zoom, and color point.

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Blur effect.
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Spin effect.
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Zoom effect.
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Color pick effect.

The depth sensor does give a more accurate and faster separation between the subject and the background.

Camera UI

Samsung has once again taken the “point and shoot” approach when it comes to the camera. Since there are a total of 3 different cameras to use on the Galaxy S10+, Samsung mixed the One UI’s camera UI with the one found in the Galaxy A9 (2018).

Samsung Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+ camera UI

In terms of features, the Galaxy S10+ is a culmination of what Samsung has in the past, plus extras. It can take RAW format pictures in HEIF format (high efficiency image file format) and also can have the ultrawide angle image automatically corrected to eliminate the fisheye effect.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10+ camera UIThe Galaxy S10+ also has an option to enable “shot suggestions”. This option makes a floating ball appear on the screen. That ball shows you where to point the camera to get the best shot. This feature has been trained with AI technology and it actually works, sometimes.

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Samsung’s camera UI is still my personal favorite after using so many different smartphones from different companies. Samsung’s camera UI is the only one that allows customization on how the modes are laid out. If you want the Pro mode to be on the immediate left side, you can do that.

The Pro mode for the Galaxy S10+ has an exposure setting from 1/24000 seconds to 10 seconds exposure, both at either f/1.5 or f/2.4. Lots of granular control here.

As for the videos, the Galaxy S10+ can capture in either in HEVC or HDR10+. However, there are limitations. Let me explain in this short list.

  • HDR10+ works in 30FPS recordings only, either at 1080p or 4K.
  • HEVC works for all 1080p or 4K at 30FPS or 60FPS.
  • HEVC and HDR10+ cannot be enabled together at once.

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Overall, the videography capabilities of the Galaxy S10 series of smartphones continues to shine as Samsung is the one and only smartphone currently that can capture 4K HDR10+ video and view it on the phone itself.


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